Davies Withdraws From England Under-21s Squad

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Tom Davies has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad due to a minor injury.

The Everton midfielder will be replaced by West Bromwich Albion and England Under-20 midfielder Sam Field, who has been drafted into the group ahead of Friday’s Euro 2019 qualifier in Ukraine.

Everton teenager Fraser Hornby, meanwhile, was on target for Scotland Under-19s in a 3-1 victory over Luxembourg.

The young Scots are competing with Czech Republic, Armenia and hosts Luxembourg to progress into the elite qualification round for next summer's European Under-19 Championship in Finland.

Hornby was introduced from the bench on the hour mark – 13 minutes after Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Yannick Schaus had given the home team a shock lead.

Celtic's Wallace Duffy equalised on 73 minutes, with 18-year-old midfielder Hornby pouncing to turn the game on its head 13 minutes later.

Jack Aitchison struck deep into stoppage time to add some gloss to the scoreline, and set up Scotland perfectly for games against Armenia on Saturday and Czech Republic next Tuesday.

Another two Everton youngsters, Morgan Feeney and Dennis Adeniran, were unused substitutes as England Under-19s began their own qualifying campaign by thumping Faroe Islands 6-0.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah scored the only goal of a tight first 45 minutes in Bulgaria – where defending champions England's three qualifying games are being staged – before the young Lions ran riot during the second half.

Nketiah added three more to his personal tally, with Sunderland's Eddie Embleton and Ben Brereton of Nottingham Forest also finding the net.

Paul Simpson's team face Iceland on Saturday, and three days later complete their fixtures with a match against Bulgaria.

The top two teams in each group book spots in next March's elite round.

Elsewhere, Toffees playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson was an unused substitute as Iceland went down to a 2-1 defeat by Czech Republic in Qatar.

The friendly contest represented the start of Iceland’s preparations for next summer’s World Cup finals, after they finished top of a loaded qualifying group to become the smallest nation to reach the tournament.

Tomas Soucek opened the scoring on 19 minutes for the Czechs, who will not be in Russia next year after finishing behind Germany and Northern Ireland in qualifying.

Soucek’s fellow midfielder, Jan Sykora, doubled the Czechs’ advantage with 25 minutes to play – and despite substitute Kjartan Finnbogason slicing the deficit in half on 77 minutes, Iceland were unable to complete a comeback.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team will remain in Qatari capital Doha to take on 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in another friendly match next Tuesday.




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